Tag Archives: Philosophical

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

Forest of a Thousand Daemons
Daniel Olorunfemi Fagunwa

I would dearly love to give Fagunwa’s Forest of a Thousand Daemons an A+, but the nature of the story simply will not allow it…

The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain, much like Oblomov, is a dangerous book. What Mann does with this novel of little action that moves at a snail’s place is illustrate just how easily one’s life, one’s youth, one’s livelihood can slowly but surely slip away…

Beyond Good and Evil
Friedrich Nietzsche

Beyond Good and Evil is a philosophical text, and a unique one. It’s uniqueness can only be appreciated if you’ve read every philosophical text written prior to Beyond Good and Evil, as well as the rest of Nietzsche’s work. I can proudly claim that I…haven’t read any of that. At all. Like, ever…

The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx

The Communist Manifesto reads like something that came out of the 19th century. I myself have never been to the 19th century, but I swear, it seems like anyone could get anything published, so long as it was non-fiction and pompous…

The Neverending Story
Michael Ende

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of The Neverending Story, and have heard of it because of the movie. The movie, in its own way, is a classic of the fantasy film genre of the 1980s (whose king, of course, is Labyrinth), and is quite enjoyable, but it differs in a couple key ways…

Orlando
Virginia Woolf

Orlando: A Biography (and I’ve left it’s secondary title in there since it was evidently important to the author) is a new style of biography. Woolf takes as her subject the character Orlando, and writes a kind of biography the world had never seen up to that point…

The Castle
Franz Kafka

The action of The Castle, Kafka’s longest work, is superb, but the major shortcoming of this novel is what makes it long: the endless, detailed conversations between characters…

Skinny Legs and All
Tom Robbins

Skinny Legs and All is, without a doubt, Tom Robbins’ best novel, and is well worth reading. If you read nothing else by Tom Robbins, read this book. I highly recommend it…

The Crying of Lot 49
Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon has a unique writing style that stretches the boundaries of grammaticality, at times. To me, it’s annoying, but since it’s unique, a given reader is just as likely to respond positively to it as negatively, so I’ll leave it at that…